I'm really just here for the pancakes.
I'm Sorry Hachi... I love you.
Also, the Billie Sport E36 shocks are just a different animal. I haven't heard of the Billie Sports being so problematic on any other car --even other similar-vintage BMWs.
The great thing about the US S52 is it's simplicity, reliability, less maintenance, and can handle boost pretty well. With a cut-ring gasket or something along those lines and ARP head bolts, people can achieve 500hp with turbo, using the factory DME. Some of the best companies that sell forced induction solutions and tuning have been able to tune the factory ECU to be able to handle very high HP... not sure what the highest is, but I think there's 600hp cars running around.
they're pretty dang reliable and they are the most affordable M car you can own if you go M3... and as far as a 3 series I'd say also one of the most reliable and affordable to maintain.
Also parts from M3's to standard E36's are easily swappable and more readily available.
this is one car i have always wanted. I remember being 14 and seeing dado's yellow m3 from that mischief series and thinking how sick that thing was. then i grew up some and learned how well balanced a car it is and loved it even more. Been thinking about upgrading to one since my current vr6 jetta has had so many parts break. I've been maintaining it and fixing the broken stuff, but I just feel the money invested would be much better in a rwd car that really can be a nice sporty car. I just feel a vr6 jetta can be fast in a straight line on a highway if you put in a bunch of money, but then at the end of the day, you still have a vw jetta. not hating on them, just feel the limit of the jetta is not that great. so basically i want an m3.